When December comes rolling around, after the panic wears off, I get right to work decorating the house. Each year when I open the storage boxes in our attic and garage, I’m pleasantly reminded of the little things that often mean the most. For instance, each decoration and happy holiday figure belongs in a specific spot in our house, it wouldn’t feel right anywhere else. There is also a special place on our coffee table for our tattered and torn Christmas books that we’ve accumulated over the years.
Yes, Christmas can be an extravaganza time, with competitive banister garlands and holiday light displays and Christmas trees as perfect as a Martha Stewart magazine cover. You won’t find any of that at our house!
Christmas can also be a simple time of advent candles and quiet Christmas tunes, or something as everyday as reading a book – a special holiday-themed book.
When I grew up we didn’t really have any Christmas traditions beyond decorating a live tree, exchanging a gift or two, and Christmas Eve at my Great Aunt’s (by marriage) house, a lady I never had a warm-and-fuzzy spot for. But when I had my own family, I was determined to develop some traditions. Ours were lighting advent candles every Sunday night for four weeks leading up to Christmas day, the annual candlelight service at our church, followed by hot cocoa and burning wood in our fireplace, and one special thing my husband thought up. He decided to read The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, every Christmas Eve.
When the kids were little they loved listening to the story, and curiously, as the years went on, they never protested when my husband reached for the book and started to read. One year recently when our grown children all made it home for the holiday, he forgot to read it on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning we all decided we wouldn’t open our gifts until he read the story. So our simple tradition lived on one more year.
I love stories written specifically for Christmas, and each year I take the month of December to only read Holiday-themed books. As we make our way through this hectic season, I hope each and every one of you takes some time to unwind with a mug of cocoa, and perhaps a special romance book or two?
Of my twelve Harlequin Medical romance books, I have only written one Christmas Story – The Christmas Baby Bump. It happens to be available in e-book at Amazon and B&N. My current contemporary romance book is Too Close for Comfort featuring an over-forty second chance at romance story, and has nothing to do with Christmas, and which is still on sale for 99cents.
Until next time – Make it a Great Christmas!